All too often, veterans return from military service with physical, emotional and psychological challenges. But studies have shown that animal companions can help them cope and work through their difficulties.
HAV has established our Charlie Mike program as a resource for Veteran Affairs case managers who are working to help struggling vets.
Types of support we offer:
- Waive adoption fees for a veteran in stable housing who is a good candidate for a companion animal or emotional support animal.
- Provide care to a veteran whose pet needs a vaccine, micro-chipping or spay/neuter.
- Help veterans who are struggling to feed their pet or purchase supplies.
- Offer boarding or temporary fostering to a homeless veteran who is on track for housing but won’t have a place to stay with their pets for 30 days.
It’s a win/win situation:
Pets who were destined to lose their lives in a shelter are being placed in loving homes with veterans. Veterans who were struggling to keep their pets can avoid having to place them in a shelter. The best part? The truly awesome impact we’ve seen in the lives of the veterans we’ve helped.